…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
I wonder how long time it will take before the naïve people supporting various “save the planet”, “save the environment” and “save the animals” organisations to realise that they are being played like a violin. The money the soft-hearted mugs worldwide donated to save, for example, elephants, are so obviously wasted or, I suspect, “disappeared”. One of the many sad stories from Africa:
“ELEPHANTS are in danger of being hunted to extinction across Africa, with poaching reaching “unprecedented levels” to supply demand from Asia for the animal’s ivory tusks, experts have warned.
While poachers have hunted annually every season, the situation has exacerbated this year, …In just 10 weeks, poaching gangs killed a significant number of savannah elephants in a reserve in northern Cameroon and were close to exterminating those in the country’s Bouba N’Djida National Park, the officials said, warning that elephants could soon suffer the fate of the black rhinoceros which was declared extinct in the region in 2011. …
While the Cameroon government has deployed its army to fight the poachers – sending in some 150 soldiers to the region as of March – the killing of elephants has continued.
In the two weeks since the troops moved in, 49 tusks – from 25 dead elephants – were confiscated, but no arrests were believed to have been made. Government figures put the number of elephants killed in Bouba N’Djida since January at 128 but WWF Director for Cameroon, David Hoyle, said the figure was closer to 250 to 300.
“The poaching has continued since the military deployment,” Hoyle said. He added that some 20 elephants were killed in the first week, but there were no reports of elephants killed in the past week, suggesting that the presence of the soldiers could be deterring poachers for now. However, experts warned that demand for ivory, especially in China and Thailand, was showing no signs of abating.
“Most of the crucial middle-men roles in Africa are held by Chinese individuals who are part of the burgeoning immigrant communities here in Africa,” leading ivory trade expert, Tom Milliken, said. “They are bent on becoming wealthy and wildlife trade provides an opportunity.”
/From: NewsCore; 17-03-2012/